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April 30, 2024

House Passes Bill to Support the Care Workforce

DENVER, CO - The House today passed legislation sponsored by Representatives Emily Sirota and Lorena Garcia that would create a state income tax credit for care workers to address the careworker workforce shortage. HB24-1312 passed by a vote of 46-18. 

“Care workers are essential in providing care to our loved ones like our children and our parents, and they do not receive the benefits and recognition they deserve,” said Rep. Emily Sirota, D-Denver. “This workforce is critical in supporting Coloradans in all industries and they are a crucial component of a thriving economy. This tax credit will allow us to recruit and retain these important care workers while boosting their incomes by over a thousand dollars so they can better afford their bills while staying in the careworker industry.”

“Whether you receive support after an accident or have someone who helps your aging relatives, we have all benefited from the work and support that care workers provide,” said Rep. Lorena Garcia, D-Unincorporated Adams County. “This bill is a small token of appreciation that we can give care workers, especially our Family, Friend and Neighbor child care providers, so they can continue to do the important work that they do and encourage our care workforce to grow.”

For tax years 2025 through 2028, HB24-1312 would create a refundable state income tax credit of $1,200 for:

  • Home health care workers who who provided at least 720 hours of home health care in the relevant tax year,

  • Child care workers who are employed or licensed by an early childhood education program or a licensed family child care home and provided at least 720 hours of home health care in the relevant tax year, or

  • Informal family, friend, or neighbor care child care workers who provided at least 720 hours of care to children 5 and under, and are registered with the Department of Early Childhood’s Professional Development Information System.

Taxpayers must have an income of $75,000 or less for single filers or $100,000 or less for joint filers to be eligible for this state income tax credit.

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